SCS softwarethe studio behind the popular driving simulator Euro Truck Simulator 2announced that they have decided to cancel the release of the expansion In the heart of Russiawhich as its name suggests, would allow players to drive through central Russia with their trucks.
In a post on its official blog, the Czech Republic-based developer said it had canceled the impending release of the Heart of Russia DLC pack.so that it is in no way perceived as supporting or tolerating the aggression“.
To our dear community,
We’ve received a lot of questions about the future of Heart of Russia, our map expansion DLC for Euro Truck Simulator 2. So today, after careful consideration, we think it’s time to answer by shedding some light on the situation for everyone. . .
On February 24, 2022, our Heart of Russia team was approximately 6-8 weeks away from completing work on the long-awaited new DLC. We were all very happy with the result; A lot of effort has been put into making this new region really look great in the game. We were absolutely sure that our community, especially the one in Russia, would like it very much.
Then suddenly the whole world was shaken by the news that Ukraine had been invaded by Russia. We were shocked.
With great concern we watched the news about the war and soon realized that we had to do something to help those who were suffering. Immediately we began to contribute to various charitable organizations that provided humanitarian aid on the territory of Ukraine and assistance to those who were evacuating. Later, with the kind participation of #BestCommunityOfEverything, we increased the donations even further by contributing all the profits from the sales of the Ukraine Paint Jobs Pack DLC. It’s amazing to see that, so far, more than 85,000 of you have decided to buy it and contribute to this worthy cause. Thanks!
However, the Heart of Russia DLC now faced great uncertainty. We asked ourselves many questions, including the most obvious. Will we ever be able to release the Heart of Russia DLC? Should we even finish the job? Since then, we have finally consolidated our ideas.
When we develop our games, we try to be as apolitical as possible, thereby protecting global audiences from day-to-day controversies. We like the idea that our common passion, for a truck simulator, allows people to connect, take a virtual visit to a neighboring country in peace, and enjoy a hobby that we share, instead of allowing something to separate us. But since our DLC, Heart of Russia, directly references Russia, and with so many suffering people, we have decided to refrain from releasing the DLC so that it is in no way perceived as supporting or condoning aggression. .
We firmly believe that there is hope that the proud Ukrainian people will triumph and that the suffering will end for all. Injustice cannot and must not win. And when the time is right for Ukraine to rebuild and heal, we will strive to find a way for our Heart of Russia DLC to play the part it can in that healing process, for everyone.
Let us work together and live in hope that the days of despair and pain will soon be over.
Thank you for your patience, understanding and support.